17. R2-D2 vs Enterprise Computer
The Enterprise computer, with regard to Next Generation, was an interactive program that took voice commands and helped to ensure the ship survived its voyage throughout the galaxy. While the Enterprise’s computer was fully functional, and streamlined the crew’s seven year voyage, it was utterly without personality.
The same cannot be said about the lovable astromech named R2-D2. From A New Hope where he lies about his restraining bolt to Luke, so that he can go find Obi-Wan Kenobi, you just knew this little droid was going to be special. In every movie since then, and in various animated series’ R2 has carved a name for himself through his lively personality and quick wit…at least I imagine it’s witty when he’s beeping and whirring at Threepio.
The Enterprise computer may activate everything from the Holodeck to the food processor by simple voice commands, and it may even be able to set a course and seek a destination once it has been programmed to do so, but you’ll never see it shoot oil all over enemy droids, then use its rockets to catch said droids on fire.
Winner: R2-D2. While BB-8 may be the new cute and adorable droid that everyone wants to see, he wouldn’t be half as popular if our old pal Artoo hadn’t paved the way…plus, we haven’t see the last of our little blue and white astromech, as he’s sure to have a role in the happenings and events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
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